From ‘Survivor’ to ‘Naked and Afraid’ and Beyond: Stars and Athletes Who Hop From Reality Shows

by Jeremy Spirogis
Michael Jefferson and Colton Cumbie standing on a beach on

Many actuality TV viewers have marveled at Michael Jefferson having endured the trials and tribulations of each Survivor and Naked and Afraid. As spectacular as his feats is perhaps, nevertheless, they’re not fully distinctive. 

Just as folks like Ken Jennings can and have appeared on a couple of recreation present, folks like Jefferson have appeared on a number of actuality reveals – typically as many as a half-dozen packages. Not all of them are bodily exercises like Naked and Afraid and Survivor nevertheless. 

Michael Jefferson and Colton Cumbie standing on a beach on 'Survivor'
Michael Jefferson and Colton Cumbie | Robert Voets/CBS by way of Getty Images

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Who has appeared on each Survivor and Naked and Afraid?

Survivor is usually regarded as the granddaddy of bodily problem actuality TV reveals and has run for an unbelievable 40 seasons and counting over the previous 20 years, with thousands and thousands of individuals nonetheless clamoring each week to see who will get “voted off the island.” Naked and Afraid takes the idea of Survivor and ups the bodily ante. Each episode options one man and one lady who meet for the primary time and should survive a keep within the wilderness 21 days – the catch being they must do it bare.

Michael Jefferson is among the solely folks to have participated in each actuality reveals. According to EW, Jefferson was the eighth particular person eradicated on Survivor: One World, the 24th season of the present, which aired in 2012. That season had two tribes residing on the identical seaside however competing in opposition to one another. Although Jefferson positioned solely in concerning the center of the pack that season, one thing about it appealed to him sufficient that he determined to tackle Naked and Afraid. 

Off the Court and Onto Multiple Reality Shows

Dennis Rodman has entertained on and off the basketball courtroom, having occupied loads of display time after leaving the NBA. In the late ’90s, Rodman had his personal actuality present The Rodman World Tour, and from there went onto ABC’s Celebrity Mole, and twice on Celebrity Apprentice. He additionally appeared on the UK model of Celebrity Big Brother and on Love Island, in line with ScreenRant.

Rodman isn’t the one former athlete to delve into actuality TV, with former NFL participant Chad Johnson, also called Chad Ochocinco, showing in quite a few actuality reveals. Johnson additionally had his personal actuality present with VH1: Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch, the place Johnson needed to choose a companion out of 85 girls. Johnson additionally appeared on Dancing with the Stars and Marriage Bootcamp Reality Stars: Family Edition.

Who else has appeared on a number of actuality reveals?

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As hardy a soul as Jefferson appeared to be, he didn’t even make the highest 10 individuals who have been on a number of actuality reveals. Most of the individuals who have been on a number of reveals usually don’t have to fret about being bare and afraid on the reveals. Once some folks get that first 15 minutes of fame, they have an inclination to need a minimum of an hour. 

One of probably the most well-traveled contestants was Adrianne Curry, who grew to become recognized for America’s Next Top Model, solely to go on VH1’s Celebrity Paranormal Project in 2006, the identical channel’s The Surreal Life, and My Fair Brady. Sometimes persons are well-known even earlier than occurring actuality TV, like former Cincinnati Bengal Chad Johnson, who appeared on Dancing with the Stars, Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch and Marriage Bootcamp Reality Stars: Family Edition.

Brigitte Nielsen had as soon as been recognized for being Sylvester Stallone’s reverse quantity, having appeared in Rocky IV and Cobra. Now she has a brand new profession of kinds as a actuality TV common, having appeared on The Surreal Life, Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Rehab, and the aptly named I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

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